Sherman Gregg

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Dr. Sherman Gregg 33˚
Dr. Sherman Gregg 33˚ of Kalamazoo, MI, circa 1926 (From the Lou B. Winsor Photo Collection of the Michigan Masonic Museum and Library)

Prominent Physician from Kalamazoo, Michigan.

The following is excerpted from his Scottish Rite Obituary record published in 1958.

Sherman Gregg, 33˚

Born in Coloma, Michigan, September 2nd, 1879

Died in Kalamazoo, Michigan, August 27, 1958

Illustrious Sherman Greg, 33˚, a Kalamazoo physician for 44 years died in Bronson Methodist Hospital where he had been a patient for the past nine months. His home was at 334 So. Park Street, where he also maintained his office.

Brother Gregg was the son of the late Russell B. and Mary Hart Gregg, and was a descendant of William Gregg who came to America with William Penn in 1682.

He was graduated from Coloma High School, Benton Harbor College, Ferris Institute, University of Michigan and Post-Graduate courses at University of Chicago and Harvard Medical School.

He began the practice of medicine in St. Joseph, Michigan in 1910 and in 1914 moved to Kalamazoo.

Professionally he was a former member of the Kalamazoo State Hospital Medical Staff, Past President of both the Kalamazoo Academy of Medicine and the Kalamazoo Clinical Club and was a member of the American Medical Association and the Interstate Medical Society.

He was married on June 25, 1913 to Elizabeth Gayle Dye who survives him. Three sons, Robert Sherman Gregg of Cincinnati, Ohio, John Dale Gregg of Kalamazoo and Richard Nelson Gregg of Toledo, Ohio, all survive as do seven grandchildren.

His zeal and attachment to for the institution of our Fraternity are attested by his membership in the various Masonic bodies as follows:

Masonic Record: Kalamazoo Lodge No. 22, F.&A.M., Life Member; St. Joseph Lodge No. 437, F.&A.M., Past Master; Honorary Member of Anchor Lodge of S.O. No.87, F.&A.M., and Fidelity Lodge No. 513, F.&A.M.

Life Member of Kalamazoo Chapter No. 13, R.A.M. and Kalamazoo Council No. 63, R.&S.M.; Peninsular Commandery No. 8, K.T., Past Commander and Life Member, former member Instruction Board Grand Commandery of Michigan, DeWitt Clinton Consistory and Co-ordinate bodies, Past Most Wise Master Robinson Chapter or Rose Croix, St. Vincent Conclave No. 33, Red Cross of Constantine at Grand Rapids, Past Sovereign; Royal Order of Scotland, Saladin Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S. at Grand Rapids, Michigan, National Sojourners at Fort Custer, Michigan.

He was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33˚, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, at Boston, Massachusetts, on September 21, 1921.

He was also a member of the Quatuor Coronati, Corresponding Circle of London.

His family tree shows him to have been descended from Gregor, Son of King Alfine, who ruled about 787 A.D. in Pertshire and Argullshire, Scotland, and gave the name to the family. Prior to entering the study of medicine, he was active in teaching organizations, being a member of the Michigan State Teachers' Association. He taught in country schools and later was principal of Custer High School. He was a member of the First Congregational Church and past president of the Pilgrim Club. He also served as a deacon and a member of the church board of trustees.

Successful in his profession, beloved by his many friends and associates for his forthright honesty and sincerity, he was a trusted and honored citizen of his community. He was charitable, always seeking the good and not the evil in men: a true friend, a loving husband and father, a genuine Christian gentleman of whom it can be said "He lived justly, loved mercy, and walked humbly with his God."

Impressive funeral services were conducted on Friday, August 29, 1958 at the First Congregational Church of Kalamazoo with Dr. William A. Keith, Pastor of the Church, and Peninsular Commandery, officiating. In addition to his family the services were attended by a large gathering of friends, neighbors and Masonic Brethren, together with sixteen members of the Supreme Council, 33˚. Committal services were conducted by Peninsular Commandery No.8. Internment was in Riverside Cemetery, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Written by John S. Rockwell, 33˚

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